Sunday, January 09, 2005

A Writing Tip from William Faulkner

In an interview, William Faulkner, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, once proclaimed, “The artist is of no importance. Only what he creates is important.”*

Whatever you write at work, Faulkner's observation is a fine one to remember. Focus the reader on the purpose of the correspondence--not on your inclinations, motivations, or consternations. The document should not be about you but about moving your business forward.

* Malcolm Cowley, Editor. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews (New York: Viking, 1957): 120.

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